Anthony Asuega is a joint-degree candidate at the Jackson School of Global Affairs and the School of Management. At Yale, he is exploring economic development for poor and working-class communities through the public and non-profit sectors, and how a just energy transition can benefit both people and planet.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, Anthony taught math and science to high school students, led the construction of classrooms and a cafeteria, and facilitated a boys and girls club all in the same rural community in which he lived and worked. After returning to the States, he was a researcher in the Sustainability Research Laboratory at Colorado State University, where he contributed to a greater understanding of the economic feasibility of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) by developing the first engineering-based SMR economic model, allowing capital and operational cost estimates across various technologies, Monte Carlo uncertainty analysis, and a carbon tax plan to create cost parity between low-carbon SMRs and carbon-intensive natural gas plants.
Anthony is from the San Francisco public housing projects. As a first-generation college graduate, he received a B.S. in applied physics, cum laude, from California State University, Sacramento with minors in mathematics and philosophy. There he researched novel pressure measurement techniques in cryogenic systems at the Sacramento State Low Temperature Physics Laboratory.